Incompetence and corruption rule in the Philippines as evident in PNoy’s popularity and the continued rise of dynasties

Most Filipinos would rather stay in an abusive relationship than a healthy one. This is evident in the latest SWS survey result showing that most Filipinos are satisfied with Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino’s performance despite his government’s glaring incompetence and abuse of power.

Popular with the gullible crowd: President BS Aquino
Popular with the gullible crowd: President BS Aquino
In fact, those who are dissatisfied and who are calling for a snap election might just end up regretting it since BS Aquino’s popularity — if we are to believe survey firms owned and operated by family and friends of the Aquinos — hardly falters even in times of crisis. Unfortunately, a snap election held now would likely result in the incumbent President winning again. In short, the whole “democratic” exercise is futile when Filipino voters are concerned.

No wonder some people are wishing for a coup d’état instead. They should not hold their breath though because it is so easy for an incumbent with access to a bottomless barrel of funds to win back the support of the Filipino public and lull them into submission by hiring public relations firms and paying a few members of the media to write something “nice” about them.

As it is, it is already very hard to motivate Filipinos to do something to escape their own misery. Some people think the majority of Filipinos are just too lazy to stand up against tyranny or worse, are simply satisfied with the status quo. Likewise, it could also be a combination of Filipinos being in denial and being too scared of the unknown. They are in denial that something is wrong with the person they voted for and they are also scared that they might end up with someone “darker” and more “sinister”, which is why they stick to someone familiar or what they refer to as the “lesser evil” yet predictably mediocre.

When you read history books from around the world, you will realize that people from advanced societies took matters into their own hands by not only ousting their abusive leaders, they also executed them in public. The execution of King Louis XVI of France in 1792 comes to mind. The French revolutionaries showed no mercy in beheading him and his loved one Marie Antoinette. The Russian Imperial Romanov family also suffered a similar fate in the hands of hired assassins. The idea behind their elimination was to remove the chances of any member of the old aristocracy from ever resurfacing again and reclaiming power in the future.

Family comes first when it comes to government appointments.
Family comes first when it comes to government appointments.
In the Philippines however, members of ruling dynasties even get voted into power every election instead of being eliminated or executed for their corrupt activities. It will not be a surprise when Presidential sister and celebrity Kris Aquino wins a seat in Congress or even wins the coveted Presidency itself in the near future. And after her term ends, her sons will likely take over the reins running only on the “Aquino” name. After all, Senator Bam Aquino won a Senate seat using the same. His resemblance to slain former Senator and “hero” Ninoy especially when he wore a similar pair of spectacles in his campaign posters also helped him charm the voters.

Recent events are proving the Binays of Makati are giving the Aquinos a run for their money. Currently, the Binay clan has become very powerful with Patriarch Jejomar Binay as the Vice President, daugher Nancy as a Senator, Mar-Len Abigail Binay-Campos as Congresswoman of Makati and Jejomar Binay, Jr. or “Junjun” as Mayor of Makati City.

Junior Binay flexed his political muscle recently when he seemingly forced his way through an entry/exit point of a gated community despite a “no-exit after 10pm” policy enforced at that gate. He and his handlers simply argued and threatened the guards manning the gate and got their way in the end. As expected, his father and siblings in government defended his actions and claimed that his demand was simply an entitlement of his position as Mayor of Makati City. He will suffer no further consequence as a result of his seeming display of arrogance as recorded by the CCTV camera. This PR disaster might even work for him and win him another term as Mayor. That’s how pathetic the situation is in the Philippines. The Filipino voters love-hate relationship with the members of the dynasties is something for the books.

Full entry and exit access all over town: The Binay clan
Full entry and exit access all over town: The Binay clan
To be fair, it’s not only in the Philippines where dynasties flourish. An India Times article discussed this phenomenon in the past. Indeed, this also happens in places like India even with a parliamentary form of government. Some of the reasons mentioned in the article, which also applies to the Philippines is that “it is convenient for parties to turn to established brands rather than take a risk with a newcomer”. And, “with the kind of money needed to contest elections it’s difficult for fresh candidates to raise funds or resources to match incumbents or their family members.”

In other words, candidates who don’t have any funds or who do not get any financial support from anyone but who might have better ideas about running the country do not have a chance at all of winning an election. This is especially true in the Philippines with incumbents who use a big portion of the pork barrel funds or taxpayer’s money to finance members of his own political party who are running for government during an election.

The article further elaborates on why dynasties flourish in some parts of the world:

One reason for voter confidence in dynasts (sic) could be the inability to look beyond clan and kinship networks, which prompts voters to back a family over generations. Some political families are former royals who still command respect and fealty. A more compelling motive could be the belief that dynasts are more efficient distributors of patronage than a greenhorn trying to find his feet. Finally, in a perverse way political families might represent a safer bet to garner and allocate scarce resources since they’ve been doing it for generations and have a reputation at stake, compared to a newcomer who could either be inefficient or only interested in lining his own pocket.

Things could change only if political parties are forced to become more democratic due to pressure from voters, and there are drastic reforms in the way election campaigns are funded.

The last paragraph could be a key to changing the political climate in the Philippines. It is simply a matter of the voters getting wiser and punishing erring government during elections by not voting for any politician associated with a political party that has a record of abusing their power in the past and who doesn’t have a platform or vision for the future of the nation. Some political parties in the Philippines like the Liberal Party seem more focused in retaining their power than improving the lives of the Filipino people.

Likewise, the incumbent President should not be allowed to use taxpayer’s funds to support his “Team” during elections. For instance, it was absolutely absurd when BS Aquino kept joining the campaign prior to the mid-term elections in May 2013 for his party’s candidates. Unfortunately, most of the members of the public didn’t see anything wrong with him using the government’s resources during the campaign. People don’t realize that Presidential funds could have been used during the previous election campaign. No wonder most unknowns and underfunded candidates didn’t stand a chance.

Lastly, an anti-dynasty law will help eliminate political dynasties from flourishing in the Philippines. At the moment, Filipinos are “free” to vote for anyone they prefer including those who have had insignificant accomplishments in the past. An anti-dynasty law can end the abusive relationship Filipinos have with a public servant like BS Aquino.

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Russ
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Yes and no. For me the reason is not because they like or prefer it, I mean who in their right mind would? But as long as the- me, myself and I mentality is what the majority (culture) rules, life just goes on. We even use terms like “political maturity” to excuse the depravity of the system. When I question what I do, if it is helping, I just settle with the truth that I do it not for results I hope it would have, simply because its the right thing to do. If the majority will do things not… Read more »
sabcho alconce
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Maybe, we can see changes when majority of the citizenry starts to pay correctly their individual income taxes and that includes the gullible masa. The problem however is the present taxpayers whose taxes are witheld are just a drop in a sea of tax evaders and cheats. Maybe changes can happen when only those who file their individual income taxes are allowed to vote.

Aegis-Judex
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Or you could refuse to pay taxes as a form of protest–why give your coin to some old crocs/crooks in the government?

Arman
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Right about paying taxes correctly but i thought if you are in the legal age taxpayer or not you are already allowed to vote? Didn’t know that individual taxpayers are not allowed to vote in the Philippines

libertas
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“More dynasty family members in 2013 elections at all levels than ever before”. (PCIJ)

People power has given way to dynasty power, and is already past the tipping point, such that any attempt at change would be like taking a juicy bone away from a hungry lion.

And 2016 will no doubt consolidate the power of dynasties and their fiefdoms to such an extent that the money, resources, and thugs at their disposal makes even the ‘coronation’ of dimwitted, lazy corrupt siblings a virtual certainty. Hell, even josh aquino could win in the current climate.

cynicjam
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Good luck in the elections when Binay wins/another Aquino is granted a presidential seat.

I think any form of government except democracy would be more appropriate provided we’ve finally elected a person who is most worthy of leading this country.

Gogs
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90% of our problems would be solved if our electorate had brains and used them. But they don”t care to use or develop them so I see no reason to like what they like or eat what they feed me. Proud to be Pinoy!!!!

Rule lopez
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Looking at this issue from the outside (being an OFW) isn’t all these exposé what we want so these practices are made known to the public. I mean I’m sure the corruption in the senate, the BIR, the Customs are not unique to this administration. I’m not for this administration but if your goal is to clean the system, your bound to find all these things. For me, it’s better to expose all of it and be done with it.

cynicjam
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Someone told me years ago that there was a senator/congressman/whatever that suggested that all squatters should be killed instead.

Now I wonder, how come none of these corrupt politicians are killed right now, I would have wanted that to happen since nothing good will come out of this country in a couple of years.

Jigs
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The incompetence and corrupt leaders will stay and thrive in the government’s high positions unless the constitution and not the voters will be changed. The constitution allowed any citizen of the Philippines to vote provided that they are in legal age and sane at the same time during elections regardless of what know-how they have for the candidates they would cast their votes for. Thus, the provisions of the constitution for the suffrage is defective and dangerous because it promotes direct and unfiltered elections which allowed those uneducated and incompetent voters to vote those inept people into office. The system… Read more »
Domingo Arong
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Ilda The twenty-second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ratified in 1951 provides that: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.” The second line in Sec. 4 of Art. VII of the Philippine Constitution stipulates that: “The President shall not be eligible for any re-election.” Why not a truly anti-dynasty amendment to our Constitution worded as: “No person shall be elected to any government office more than once. This perpetual disqualification shall apply to the spouse and the children of the person concerned.” The grandchildren of the person, however, would be eligible to seek… Read more »
libertas
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“Roughly 80% of the youngest legislators in the Philippines hail from dynastic political families” mendoza (ergo – dont expect any change in the next 30 plus years!) And no other country comes close to the % achieved by the philippines where 70% of posts are held by dynastic family members. In the US it is 4%, and in UK less than 1%. Western democracies and 1st world countries average 3%. The correlation between dynastic rule and corruption is evident across all such countries ( mexico, colombia, india etc) and when combined with the incompetence/lack of public interest from dynastic politicians/officials… Read more »
captjoe25
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the only way the Philippines can eliminate this political dynasties is to execute all this political family clans one by one. One thing i find common among poor corrupt countries. SAME OLD SHIT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. NEVER ENDING drama of the same corrupt politician s, inept govt and the Gullible, Idiotic masa. In the Philippines as the saying goes. ” THE GOOD DIE YOUNG”. EVIL EXIST IN THE PHILIPPINES BECAUSE GOOD MEN DO NOTHING. SAD but true.

interxavier
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House Aquino, House Binay, House Estrada,…House XYZ

It’s just like Game of Thrones. None of these clans care about serving this country and making it better; it’s all about their personal interests. I’d rather be slaughtered by White Walkers than be ruled over by these incompetent fools.

libertas
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When the ‘ great and the good ‘ ( which is what the senate is meant to be – wisdom, experience, integrity, independence etc) – consists of criminals, jokes, idiots , plus morons like lapid, binay, and aquino, then for f@cks sake, no-one can take it seriously, and it is a complete and unnecessary expense as well as the protectors of the corrupt. Abolish it. One positive step for change

ronburgundy
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An open prayer to god: Dear god, sorry to disturb you but, i pray that you can make it better down here. God, if you’re up there and really listening, please DO NOT LET BINAY WIN the next elections. If this clan of entitled ass wipes win, then I’ll petition China to annex us. Anyone but these fools please. But… WHO deserves to win? Who can lead this country out of this sink hole of greed and corruption? God, if you got any miracles left, send us one in the form of a good man or woman that can really… Read more »
james
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you look at them as officials… I look at them as garbage. no difference

pagpag
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except the aquinos of course. their reign will remain as long as corrupt people exist.

WinterSoldier
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And the Aquinos are corrupt also.

That’s why you’re eating PAGPAG but of course you enjoy it. 😀

TROLL. 😀

MidwayHaven
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Haha, you just made a semantic faux pas by implying that Aquino is corrupt as well. Very good.

libertas
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India and the philippines have many political and societal parallels. “There are two things in Indian history – one is the incredible optimism and potential of the place, and the other is the betrayal of that potential through corruption. Those two strands intertwine through the whole of Indian history, and maybe not just Indian history.” Salman Rushdie Pnoy aquino and his incompetents ride the anti corruption pr bandwagon festooned with slogans and motherhood statements, but the reality belies the odious hypocricy, a vacuum of conviction, and rhetoric devoid of any passion. India’s ‘common man’ party is elected to power in… Read more »
pagpag
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what i know about india is gandhi. most filipinos believe that he and pnoy have the same principles.

libertas
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why would filipinos insult gandhi

Amir Al Bahr
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Because they don’t see it as an insult to gandhi as long as they get to glorify themselves andtheir “dear leader”

WinterSoldier
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TROLL.

Enjoy eating PAGPAG. 😀

manny
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why would you single out the President? Why not the entirety of the system? Political horror has been hounding for more than a century in the Philippines and now, yet, you would say that the President is “BS”. Tell that to all politicians in the country.

Robert Haighton
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Splendid article!!!!

But wasnt it the same Ilda who wrote something about the mediocre society/population (some time ago) stating something like: a mediocre society will have a mediocre presidency?

So who has to be eridicated first? Sounds very much like the chicken-egg problem.

Johnny Saint
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That’s a bit of an oversimplification of the issue. Intuition will have us believe that if the society one lives in sustains a culture of mediocrity, its leadership will reflect those values. That does not imply that ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL who lives in that society is necessarily mediocre. Neither does a culture of mediocrity automatically preclude exceptional individuals from aspiring to a position of leadership. In fact, it is more likely that exceptional individuals WILL SUCCEED.

Hyden Toro
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First of all…Happy New Yesr to all!!! Family dynasties are like monarchies in the Middle Ages. We are still in the Dark Age of the Middle Age era. Where families and clans rule countries (kingdom). Feudalism is still in our coutry. In Europe, It’s gone a long time. In Mexico, it’s gone for a century . Family dynasties prevent capable people, who have no financial means to give their good shots also in government leadership. Family dynasty members have their names already in the brains of YellowTards, like most of the Filipinos. Where in times of elections, they become like,Zombies… Read more »
Proud Pinoy
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Another beautiful day in our beautiful country and all you poor wannabe revolutionaries do is hide on this website and keep whining. I thank our lord almighty because if all you failipinos are the best anti government opposition there is to offer, then I feel safe and content that NoyNoy and his dynasty will rule us many lifetimes and keep us safe and good fortune! Our kababayans work hard to grow our country, I’m proud of our progress. Our god gave us our government, blessed are we under leadership chosen by the divine. I wish to thank my president and… Read more »
Gogs
Member

Beautiful day with our beautiful president whose illusion of beauty He hopes to maintain by beautiful trolls like you. If you think we are disillusioned then the beauty of the system is you can ignore us. But then again you paid to troll Proud Pinoy. The beauty of it is, you are paid by money I pay in taxes. What a beauty your precious president is.

Hyden Toro
Guest

Another unrepentant YellowTard…who love to be screwed by the Aquinos. Kiss their ass…Dummy!!!

Hyden Toro
Guest

@Proud Pinoy:

As long as I am paying my Taxes…and I do not get “good services” as agreed upon before the election. I will be a “Tinik sa Puwet” of Aquino, his cahoots and other government officials.

Johnny Derp
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“Another beautiful day in our beautiful country and all you poor wannabe revolutionaries do is hide on this website and keep whining.” Indeed it’s a beautiful day yet all you do here is spread your pathetic propaganda. We’re not whining, YOU are the one who’s whining since nobody here is believing you. “I thank our lord almighty because if all you failipinos are the best anti government opposition there is to offer, then I feel safe and content that NoyNoy and his dynasty will rule us many lifetimes and keep us safe and good fortune!” Look who’s talking, it seems… Read more »